Do you have the energy to talk after all that turkey and dressing?
Reader Dara R. has offered some food for discussion: A controversy brewing in Claremont, California, where children have historically “dressed up” as Native Americans as part of a Thanksgiving celebration. Why is it so difficult for people to see the offense in masquerading as someone of another race?
For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won’t be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests.
Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child’s depiction of the traditional (if not wholly accurate) tale of two factions setting aside their differences to give thanks over a shared meal? Or a cartoonish stereotype that would never be allowed of other racial, ethnic or religious groups? Read more…